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    Re: What is the per hive value?

    I'd consider beekeeping ag, and EXTREMELY speculative in nature. In buying a beekeeping business, you aren't really buying a system that is profitable. The former owner is what made it profitable....
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    Re: What is the per hive value?

    I'd agree . . . in part. In theory a turnkey "proven" operation is worth more than the sum of its parts. But who's going to buy it?

    The guy that already has his own operation of comparable size,...
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    Re: What is the per hive value?

    Most operations I've seen listed/sold in the past few years ranged from $150 per hive in the fall to $300 per hive in the spring. I'm not commercial though, and have never bought someone out that had...
  4. Re: Earliest Mature Drones in Piedmont of North Carolina

    Generally speaking, the second half of March. But if you pound on the pollen sub early, you could get drones by mid or end of February. Then it's just a question of whether the weather holds up for...
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    Re: Youngster trying to make a go

    Drive around, shake hands, meet people, meet friends of people. I get people that ask me to put bees on their property. But it didn't start out that way.

    I tried craigslist in the past, found I...
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    Re: Youngster trying to make a go

    I've found # of outyards is more important than # of hives.

    I've fluctuated between 1 and 70 hives over the past decade or so. When I got above 20 hives, I found an outyard. Only about 5 min away....
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    Re: Sideliner feeder question

    1. Add some bleach. I've gone up to 1/2 cup of bleach per 5 gal in the past. Doesn't always kill 100% of the algae issues, but it helps.

    2. Change the ph, either through apple cider vinegar, or...
  8. Re: North Carolina Winter Preparation Questions

    1. Keep in mind North Carolina has three distinct regions: Coastal, Piedmont, and Mountain. Each region will be very different for overwintering purposes. Charlotte is most commonly associated with...
  9. Re: An early look at my natural cell hives management (1/2 whisky barrel)

    When I ran natural, the bees drew cells 5.7 mm on average

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?263558-Natural-Cell-vs-Small-Cell

    Your mileage may vary.
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    Re: Looking for sample contracts...

    Not many that enjoy writing more contracts in their spare time :D
  11. Re: Hello from the peidmont region on N.C,

    Welcome to the site
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    Re: tips on obtaining land for apiary

    I've gotten some yards by word of mouth, some by doing some leg work, but most through craigslist.

    Craigslist is very hit or miss. Sometimes I won't get a single response from a post. Others I'll...
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    Re: Piedmont of NC Honey Flow and Comb

    I wouldn't say that the flow is "not that great" but rather that it's over.

    Big plants in the area are tulip poplar and blackberry. To a lesser extent black locust, if you can find it. Tulip...
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    Equalizing brood post honey flow

    I'm looking for any articles, threads, books or general advice on equalizing brood after the honey flow is over.

    In this area, honey flow fund through end of May, trickle till July 1, then dearth...
  15. Re: Since 1980 this is the worst April Non-flow I have every seen...

    I was starting to think it was just me . . .

    Tulip Poplars usually start blooming around April 1 for me. It's been cold, so I expected them about a week late. Three weeks ago I had all my...
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    Re: Swarming, or just heavy traffic?

    It is.

    I wouldn't worry about room for the queen to lay. Every 7 days I move all open brood above the excluder, and keep all capped brood below the excluder. It actually keeps her laying at a...
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    Swarming, or just heavy traffic?

    I got to do yardwork most of the day the other day, occasionally checking up on a hive. In the am it was a little chilly, just a little bit of bee flight. By mid morning, there was a steady "coming...
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    Re: New Beek what to feed a new nuke?

    Don't worry about it. The bees do just fine with regular 1:1.
  19. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    That appears to be the most logical explanation I've heard of why not to treat with supers on so far.
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    Re: New Beek what to feed a new nuke?

    It's commonly referred to as a "nuc" (short for "nucleus colony"). Obtaining your 1st "nuke" could be expensive and dangerous. I wouldn't recommend it.

    All kidding aside, you should feed them some...
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    Re: Double deeps for the southerners?

    I'm not as far south as you, so take it for what it's worth, but here's what I like to do:

    1. Start off the season with a deep and a medium
    2. Spring time rolls around, add a deep on top for...
  22. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    I ran some "tests" last weekend, right before I did my second of three spring treatments.

    When vaporizing one gram, the complete time took 2:41. When doing two grams, the complete time took about...
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    I don't think this is correct.
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    Re: Robber prevention idea on nucs

    I don't think so.

    The reason why robber screens work so well isn't because robber bees "just fly straight in." It's because the robber bees orient based on scent. The screen makes the robber bees...
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    Current suggested label recommends:

    "Half-face respirator with cartridge and/or particulate filter"
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